Stormwater Management

MWRD’s Stormwater Management Program’s mission is to provide support for communities to undertake capital improvement projects that reduce the potential for stormwater damages to life, public health, safety, property and the environment.


Local governments and public agencies within MWRD’s corporate boundaries can apply to become partners to fund and build stormwater management projects.


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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is now accepting project applications for Green Infrastructure partnerships.
The deadline for applications is September 5, 2022 at 11:59pm.



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Local governments and public agencies within MWRD’s corporate boundaries  can apply to become partners  to fund and build stormwater management projects. Click on the following links to learn more. 


Stormwater Program Green Infrastructure Flood-Prone Property Acquisition


Watershed Planning Councils

Watershed Planning Councils represent communities located within the six major watersheds in Cook County. They communicate the needs and interests of the members of the public and local governments to the MWRD. To learn more about each individual watershed, see the Watershed Plans below.

2022 Watershed Planning Council Meetings and Agendas



    Watershed Plans

    The Stormwater Management's Detailed Watershed Plans (DWP) identify and prioritize regional stormwater projects for each of the six watersheds based on a benefit-cost analysis. Projects were identified into two categories: 

    • Streambank stabilization projects address critical active streambank erosion threatening public safety, structures and/or infrastructure.
    • Flood control projects address regional overbank flooding through traditional measures such as stormwater detention reservoirs, levees and conveyance improvements. 

    The Watershed-Based Plans (WBP) are a supplement to Stormwater Management's DWP. The WBP focuses on water quality and was prepared by Metropolitan Planning Council.  

    Open Preapplication Period for FEMA’s BRIC, FMA and HMGP Programs

    Three FEMA grant programs have open application periods: BRIC (Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communities), FMA (Flood Mitigation Assistance) and HMGP (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program). Local governments are encouraged to apply. Preapplications must first be submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency by September 30, 2021. A pre-application form and an information sheet is available on IEMA’s website.

    Municipalities partnering with MWRD in the Stormwater Partnership Program should consider using MWRD funds as matching funds in their applications. 


    Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) 

    This program replaced the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, but still funds capital projects that reduce the risk of future disasters, including flooding. 

    • Projects where construction has already begun are ineligible
    • Projects must be complete within 36 months 
    • 25% match required 

    Preapplications are due to IEMA by 9/30/2021 via email to attention: Sam Al-Basha.    

    FEMA is hosting a series of webinars with more information on the application process. For more information please visit here


    Flood Mitigation Assistance 

    The Flood Mitigation Assistance program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, Indian tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

    All subapplicants must be participating in the NFIP, and not be withdrawn, on probation, or suspended. Structures identified in the subapplication must have an NFIP policy in effect at the application start date and must maintain it through completion of the mitigation activity and for the life of the structure. 

    • Projects must be complete within 36 months or 48 months for community flood mitigation projects 
    • 25% match required, but federal share can cover up to 100% of severe repetitive loss properties

    Preapplications are due to IEMA by 9/30/2021 via email to attention: Sam Al-Basha.    

    For more information, click here. 


    Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

    After a presidentially declared disaster, funding is made available to states and territories to prevent future disasters. President Biden declared that reducing the effects of climate change is a priority for HMGP funding due to Covid-19. This can include flood prevention projects.

    • 25% match required

    Preapplications are due to IEMA by 9/30/2021 via email to attention: Sam Al-Basha.    

    For more information, click here